ABDULLAHI AHMED AN-NA'IM

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, School of Law, Emory University

Resources

1. Conversations with History
2. Lecture of Abdullahi An-Naim—The Quran and Islamic Law
3. Abdullahi An-Naim on Islam and the Secular State
4. Abdullahi An-Naim: Human Rights and Sharia
5. Abdullahi An-Naim: "Human Rights, Universality & Sovereignty: The Relevance and Irrelevance of Sharia"
6. Faith Complex: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim on Islam and the Secular State
7. Abdullahi An-Naim, Sherman Jackson, Ebrahim Moosa and John Esposito on Islam and Liberal Democracy
8. Abdullahi A. An-Naim: The Irrelevance and Relevance of Sharia (October 3, 2011)
9. Abdullahi An-Naim on Islam and Liberal Democracy
10. An Interview with Prof. Abdullahi An-Naim- #IslamNewMedia
11. Human Agency in Sharia: Abdullahi An-Naim
12. Islam and the Secular State
13. Peace Summit with the Dalai Lama 8: Professor An-Naim
14. Abdullahi An-Naim on Human Rights as Means, Not an End
15. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part One
16. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part Two
17. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part Three
18. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part Four
19. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part Five
20. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part Six
21. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim in Toronto (06/07/08), Part Seven
22. Religion and the State: Abdullahi An-Naim
23. Edip Yuksel (E) Abdullahi An-Naim on Islamic Reform
24. Why I Need a Secular State: Abdullahi An-Naim
25. Religion in the Changing World: Ancient and Modern
26. The West's Biggest Misconception About Islam
27. One Columbus-Prejudice Reduction Seminar- Session II
28. Abdullahi An-Naim and Andrew March- "Beyond Minority Politics: American Muslims and Citizenship
29. Conversations with History Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim
30. Identity, Rights, and Citizenship in Post-Referendum Sudan
31. Abdullahi an Naim on intervening in Sudan
32. The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective

 

Conversations with History

UCBerkeleyEvents Islam and the Secular State Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes legal philosopher Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Candler Professor of Law at Emory University, for a discussion of the challenges facing Muslims as they seek to reconcile tradition and modernity. Professor An-Na'im reflects on his intellectual journey: the influence of his parents and of his teacher Mahmoud Mohamed Taba. He also enumerates lessons of his own career as a scholar, advocate and activist. Professor An-Na'im discusses the importance of Islamic reform which successfully negotiates universal notions of human rights, constitutionalism, and citizenship while respecting tradition and culture. His analysis focuses on the distinction between state and society: the need for separation of Islam from the state while recognizing the ways in which Islam can inform society and politics. He also points to the problematic aspects of Islamic beliefs that emerged in particular historical contexts and must adapt to modernity and the universal values that recognize the dignity of all women and men.

An Interveiw with Prof.Abdullahi An-na'im - # islamNewMedia

In this interview, Prof. Abdullahi An-Na'im talks with Amir A. Nasr about freedom of conscience, Islam and the secular state, and how we can become more persuasive in the advocacy of positions in online Islamic discourse. Many of the ideas are centered around Sudan's historical experience with Sharia and democracy.

The interview is part of phase 2 of The Future of Islam in the Age of New Media. Get Prof. An-Na'im's book Islam and the Secular State here: http://www.amazon.com/Islam-Secular

Listen to the full #IslamNewMedia audio seminar here :http://www.islamintheageofnewmedia.com/

Watch the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mknRAkYBZDs

Leture of Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im ("The Qur'an and Islamic Law")

"The Qur'an and Islamic Law" University of Notre Dame - September 30, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA3KRk332BA

Faith Complex: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im on Islam and the Secular State

If I seem a bit amped up during my interview with Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, then please chalk this up not only to the man's infectious intellectual energy, but to the excitement generated by his breathtakingly bold and erudite book Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shar'ia. Faith Complex is a coproduction of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/home and
the Program for Jewish Civilization, http://pjc.georgetown.edu at Georgetown University.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmsfwlLBAYM

Abdullahi an-Na'im "Human Rights, Universality &Sovereignty: The Relevance & Irrelevance of Shari'a"

An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights, and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in human rights, religion and human rights, and Islamic law. An-Na'im's work strives to promote two interrelated objectives, namely, a liberal modernist understanding of Islam, and the cultural legitimacy and practical efficacy of international human rights standards. Second, he is concerned with rendering scholarship in the effective service of positive social change. This concern is reflected in his work in human rights advocacy in general, as well as the development and implementation of several public policy-oriented projects.
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Abdullahi An-Na'im on Islam and the Secular State

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April 27, 2009 | This video has been excerpted from the Berkley Center's event Islam and the Secular State. What is the proper relationship between Islamic law and the state in modern Muslim societies? In this talk, distinguished human rights activist and legal scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im discussed his most recent work around this critical question, speaking in favor of secular politics from his perspective as a devout Muslim. He posited that the coercive enforcement of religious law is contrary to the basic principles of Islam, which emphasize the importance of personal conviction and free choice. Arguing against both those who seek to fuse religious and political authority and those who would completely expel religion from the public sphere, An-Na'im advocated the development of secular system that both protects human rights and is informed by the religious beliefs of its members.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTdhgJdVe-M

Abdullahi An-Na'im: Human Rights and Sharia Published on Apr 22, 2012

"If a state claims to be Islamic and imposes a particular view of Islam, it is denying my freedom to disagree. And that is why we need a secular state", says Abdullahi An-Na'im, a leading scholar of law and Islamic jurisprudence. Resetdoc interviewed him during the 2011 edition of our Istanbul Seminars. "Shari'a is a human endeavor to understand the divine, but it remains human, and every believer is accountable for her or his understanding," explains Dr. An-Na'im. "Hence, any honest Muslim needs human rights: freedom of belief, freedom of association, freedom from oppression, the right to debate, to contest and to dissent. Since every Muslim is only supposing or guessing, none has a superior claim to the truth of what Shari'a is." In fact, "in the intellectual Islamic tradition Shari'a was understood as zanni, i.e. suppositional. This is a good state of being," says the Sudanese-American philosopher, "because certitude would inevitably tend to authoritarianism, oppression and domination of others because 'you' have the truth as Got revealed it. And logically, the possibility of being a Muslim, the possibility of belief requires the possibility of disbelief : if I am not free to believe, there is no value do my belief. For this reason, creating conditions in which I keep the freedom to believe or not to believe is critical to the possibility of being a Muslim. I need the state to be secular so I can be the Muslim I choose to be by conviction."
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Abdullahi An-Na'im on Islam and Liberal Democracy

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November 17, 2009 | This video has been excerpted from the Berkley Center's event Islam and Liberal Democracy: How Tradition Matters.

The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Berkley Center sponsored a seminar with leading scholars to address how tradition matters in Islamic political thought today. The wide-ranging discussion considered how the Islamic tradition - including the Qur'an, the life and sayings of the Prophet, and diverse legal schools - relates to the idea of a liberal democratic state.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08FN3bPjmHU

Abdullahi An-Na'im, Sherman Jackson, Ebrahim Moosa and John Esposito on Islam and Liberal Democracy

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November 17, 2009 | This video has been excerpted from the Berkley Center's event Islam and Liberal Democracy: How Tradition Matters. The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Berkley Center sponsored a seminar with leading scholars to address how tradition matters in Islamic political thought today. The wide-ranging discussion considered how the Islamic tradition - including the Qur'an, the life and sayings of the Prophet, and diverse legal schools - relates to the idea of a liberal democratic state. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X75up2KS_So

Abdullahi A. An-Na'Im: The Irrelevance and Relevance of Sharia (October 3, 2011)

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, originally from Sudan, is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights, and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in human rights, religion and human rights, Islamic law, and criminal law. He directs several research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation. This event is part of the Human Rights Speakers Series (http://www.ihr.uottawa.ca/.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_lgTsmfbPc

Abullahi An-Na'im on Human Rights as Means, Not an End

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For more on the Berkley Center:http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu September 29, 2009 | This video has been excerpted from the Berkley Center's event Islam, Human Rights, and the Secular: A Conversation with Talal Asad and Abdullahi An-Naim. Can one ground universal human rights in the Islamic tradition? How do secular notions of human rights -- and those derived from other religious traditions -- compare with Islamic perspectives? Does the secular and democratic state pose a threat to Islam? Or might it in fact provide the best possible gurantee of the rights of Muslim citizens?. Two leading Muslim scholars, Talal Asad and Abdullahi An-Naim, discussed these questions with Jose Casanova, Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow in the Berkley Center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhLzbw_VXEg

Human Agency in Sharia: Abdullahi An-Naim

EmoryUniversity• Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses the elements of human understanding and interpretation in Sharia while presenting the 2007 Currie Lecture, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, at Emory University School of Law. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hor1dlHLaLo

D. An-Naim #1.mov iccnc1

Prof. Abdullahi An-Na'im, author of "Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Sharia", in conversation with Jason van Boom and guest co-host Prof. Forough Jahanbakhsh. ICCNC,Jan.15, 2011. Part 1.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXttj2azcQc

Is Sharia Reformable?: Q&A with Professor Abdullahi An-Naim

EmoryUniversity Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim answers questions following his lecture at Ohio University, May 2008. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB_8ZDxMaig

Why I Need a Secular State: Abdullahi An-Naim

Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim explains why he needs the state to be secular while speaking at Ohio University, May 2008. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exrloGCVxMI

How to make progress learning from Sudan: Abdullahi An-Naim

EmoryUniversity• Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses how to make progress and learn from the example of Sudan while speaking at Ohio University, May 2008. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at sharia.law.emory.edu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7TXJXOAL7M

How has 9/11 changed the world's view of America?

EmoryUniversity• Abdullahi An-Na'im is an Islam and human rights scholar/activist at Emory University. A muslim himself, he believes the "ground-zero mosque" debate is positive, and he says muslims around the world view America positively.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bCgAqBTnZU

Islam and Muslims: Abdullahi An-Naim

EmoryUniversity• Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses Islam and the diversity of Muslims while presenting the 2007 Currie Lecture, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, at Emory University School of Law. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found http://sharia.law.emory.edu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWCxOf2cRZA

Civic Reason & the Role of Sharia in Politics: Abdullahi An-Naim

EmoryUniversity Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses civic reason and the role of Sharia in politics while presenting the 2007 Currie Lecture, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, at Emory University School of Law. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu

http://twitter.com/ShariaLaw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2pHTJU2Oek

Human rights and American Muslims: Abduh An-Na'im, Law Professor

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Emory law professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im talks about human rights and being an American Muslim.

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Universality of Human Rights: Abdullahi An-Naim

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Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses religion, the state, and politics while presenting the 2007 Currie Lecture, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, at Emory University School of Law. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGzL8EQIuuY

Abdullahi An Naim. Sharia and the State in the 21st Century / La Charia et l'Etat au 21e siècle
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rbenkirane Abdullahi An Naim Sharia and the State in the 21st Century - La Charia et l'Etat Colloque Religion et Etat : logiques de la sécularisation et de la citoyenneté en islam Genève, 6, 7 et 8 juin 2013 Iqbal إقبال Pensée libre & créatrice en islam. Free & Creative Thought in Islam. فكر حرّ وخلّاق في الإسلام http://iqbal.hypotheses.org/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ezIGru5JJY

State and Politics: Abdullahi An-Naim

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Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses religion, the state, and politics while presenting the 2007 Currie Lecture, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, at Emory University School of Law. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku48IS-2iMI

Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Tahas influence on An-Naims project: Abdullahi An-Naim

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Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses the influence of Mahmoud Mohamed Taha on his project, The Future of Sharia, while speaking at Ohio University, May 2008.More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at sharia.law.emory.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t3-aMPy2vw

Human Agency and the Future of Sharia: Abdullahi An-Naim

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Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim discusses the importance of human agency in the future of Sharia while presenting the 2007 Currie Lecture, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, at Emory University School of Law. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at http://sharia.law.emory.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glg-KbmV1Gw

Edip Yuksel (E) Abdullahi An-Naim on Islamic Reform

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In 7 July 2011, Edip Yuksel interviewed Abdullahi an-Naim, Professor of Law at Emory Law School, regarding Islamic reform. • Category Nonprofits & Activism • License Standard YouTube License http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gbV20TWazI

Why We Should Honor Ustahd Mahmoud Mohamed Taha: Abdullahi An-Naim

Emory Law Professor Abdullahi An-Naim explains why we should honor Ustahd Mahmoud Mohamed Taha while speaking at Ohio University, May 2008. More on Professor An-Naims project, The Future of Shari'a: Secularism from an Islamic Perspective, may be found at sharia.law.emory.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHV3NcNRgYU

Older Links

Faith Complex: The Islamic State Must Be Secular!. washingtonpost.com

Abdullahi An-Na'im Talks About the West's Biggest Misconception About Islam. June 16, 2009

American Secularism for American Muslims: Challenges and Prospects. 8th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture at Boston College. November 13, 2008

The Distinguished Faculty Lecture: American Secularism and American Muslims: Challenges and Prospects. (audio)

Islamic Democracy. Two law professors offer very different assessments of Sharia. The Washington Post July 27, 2008.

Muslims Try to Balance Traditions, U.S. Culture on Path to Marriage. The Washington Post May 27, 2008.

Sharia Law www.wbur.org Monday, May 19, 2008 (audio)

Interview with “Worldview” on Chicago Public Radio Monday, May 12, 2008. (audio)

Why Islamic States Would Be Bad for Muslims. U.S. News May 1, 2008

Muslim reformer's 'heresy': The Islamic state is a dead end. Christian Science Monitor April 2, 2008

Thomas Jefferson, Islam and the State. www.huffingtonpost.com March 20, 2008